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Saturday, January 31, 2004


Advance notification >> 6 Music on February 14th [Saturday] have a themed day celebrating New Romantic music.

Get out your blue eyeliner and frilly shirt as 6 Music tells the real story of the New Romantics.

Throughout the day we'll be playing the defining tracks in every New Romantic's record collection, including Roxy Music, Magazine, Japan, Kraftwerk and OMD, and talking to some of the people who slapped on the face paint and hung out at the Blitz to find out the real story of New Romanticism.

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This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat - A Pelicanneck Online Music Store include:

Shadow Huntaz - Corrupt Data

This is one of those rare albums that comes along every so often, changes the rules, works from start to finish and ends up paving the way for countless immitators and generic plagarists. Be clear about it - there will be few albums this year that will touch the depth and utter innovation on display here, there will be few listens that move us in a way the Shadow Huntaz seem to manage so effortlessly. The process itself is an ode to technology : files exchanged, reworked and passed on across 3 MC's (Breaff, Dream and Non) spread across Chicago, Atlanta and L.A, and 2 producers (the brothers Funcken, better known as Funckarma) nestled in the Netherlands - emailed, downloaded, re-shaped, manipulated, cut-up, chewed up and spat out with absolute killer control and self assurance. The result is something which defies categorisation - it's hip hop certainly, the production is deeply electronic - but there are no pretentious conceits or pointless edits. Everything works, every note, beat, effect, splice-up, distortion, every word serving a purpose. Unlike Prefuse and his countless peers, the idea isn't to re-model hip hop into a pallatable electronic form, nor is there any pretence that this is a straight up b-boy selection. Instead the focus is on absolute depth and devastation at every turn - the bass always wobbling depper and deeper, the vocals transposed with a rough-edged vulnerability that rings true regardless of the venom or pensiveness with which its delivered. It's an album that sounds like it was constructed over many years huddled in a studio together, it defies belief that what you're listening to was pieced together as a patchwork of downloaded files, isolated vocals and widespread ideas - you will hear few albums as coherent or as organically evolved as this. In short - we implore you, whatever music it is that you like - buy this immediately and watch it grow. Stunning.

Telefon Tel Aviv - Map of What Is Effortless

Map of What is Effortless, Telefon Tel Aviv's second album, finally gets a release this week, answering many a recurring query to these offices. New Orleans based multi-instrumentalists Joshua Eustis and Charlie Cooper have come up with one of the most surprising and accessible electronic records in recent memory, at once underground and incredibly mainstream. Their debut album "Fahrenheit Fair Enough" was an impressionist travelogue, combining an almost scientific, melodic, compositional approach, with organic, jazz infused instrumentation and digital manipulations. Like all good adventures, Map of What is Effortless is diverse. From the Ron Isley-like vocal stylings of L.A. songwriter Damon Aaron and the detached chanteuse musings of L'Altra vocalist Lindsay Anderson on the big vocal cuts here ("I Lied" and "My Week Beats Your Year") - to the juxtaposition of the Loyola University Chamber Orchestra with synthetic percussion on possibly my favourite track, the string drenched title cut. Map of What is Effortless is Telefon Tel Aviv flirting with big arenas and the homespun style of old, branching out from what they knew and cornering their muse with gorgeous results. This is very definitely a mainstream-destined album, much in the same way that Ulrich Schnauss went beyond a contained fanbase, and looks at electronic music from a much more casual, utilitarian vantage point. It's set to be massive - give it a listen.

Ammon Contact - Sounds Like Everything
Plug Research

In which these tuned-in Californians bring us a taste of sunshine on the ever reliable Plug Research imprint!! Ammoncontact are Carlos Nino (producer of the inspirational Hu Vibrational project, shortly to reappear on Soul jazz ) and Fabian Ammon Alston, last sighted on extended players for Soul jazz itself and Prefuse 73's Eastern developments imprint. Combining elements of instrumental hip hop with flutes, horns, orchestral dashes, Sun Ra-ish spaced piano, shakers, moogs, and a full complement of heavy percussive vibes. Even Daedelus makes a stealth guest appearance on "Super Eagles & Black Stars" Perhaps the key to this strangely addictive album is the subtitle: Play for Everyone. The cd works more like a mixtape, booming between interludes and the longer, doper cuts which grace the reduced vinyl pressing. It's perfect knees up material, further redefining Plug Research's highly enticing blend of digital programming and hip hop. Like a wild block party, waiting to happen - all back to ours then. Lovely.

Chib - Moco
Fat Cat

Brand new debut album on Fat Cat, though a mini album to be exact - concise, equalling eight tracks in just under 30 min's. Chib is japanese female artist Yukiko Chiba who first came to prominence with her track '((o))' on the excellent demo collection 'No Watched No Maps'. The opening track 'Chips' is enough to warrant instant purchase, a devastating melange of beyond lush harmonica, found sound, acoustic guitar, electric piano and samples. Overall refreshing, textures so lovely, evocative and cinematic with a subtle japanese classical undertone. If organica is your bag then you can't go wrong with this. Plus future release warning!!! if you love this then be on the look out for the debut offering from Deaf Center on Type, which takes this sound to an even higher level. Recommended.

Ellen Allien - Remix Collection
Bpitch Control

Bpitch come correct and collect the various remixes Ellen has turned out in the last couple of years. From the mash up opening of the Gold Chains re-cut `Lets Get It On' with its cut and splice beat ethics and true Bpitch crunchy vibes, on to the straight up electro remix of Vicknoise's `Chromosoma 23' . Also included is the brilliant remix Ellen did for pal Barbera Morgenstern on her classic `aus heiterem himmel' with the groove cemented for the dancefloor, lush strings and slick vocal edits making a top version of Barbera's original. Other remixes are of Omr, labelmate Sascha Funke, Covenant, Ellens re-edit of her own `Alles Seken' and my personal favourite Apparat's `Koax' which gets a deep reworking with the amazing digital strings and beat edits that show the consumate skills of Ellen Allien, check.

Grooves - Issue 12
Mag // � 4.99

Latest issue of the american magazine, blending the usual latest gear reviews with features on Plastikman, Jack Dangers [just check the photos of his unique synth made specifically for our heroes the BBC radiophonic Workshop), AGF, Mice Parade, Matthew Dear, loads of the latest discs dismemebered and explained by the usual suspects. One of the most comprehensive electronic music magazines around - check it out.

Kid 606 - Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You
Ipecac / Tigerbeat 6

Finally given a cd release by Mike Patton's Ipecac label. No longer a kid, Mr 606 finds himself at the forefront of America's independent electronic music world, striving against adversity, surpassing expectation, and breaking the rules. "Kill sound before sound kills you" fuses over-the-top, danceable, power-electronic, technopunkhyper, ravegabber- junglist madness reigns with the more textured electronic meandering as previously sampled on the likes of the marvelous "P.S. I Love You" album. "The Illness," "Woofer Wrecker," and "Ecstasy Motherf**ker" are pure tension-and- release dancefloor stormers, oozing with sweaty, breakbeat energy, dynamic noise, and grinding acid riffs. "Who wah kill sound?" and "Buckle Up," featuring accomplished dancehall mc Wayne Lonesome, are the album's tribunal ragga junglist anthems where thunderous beats and booming basslines collide with thrashing gabber kicks, dirty rave blasts, and monstrous, police-siren wails and screeches. Kid606's most accessible and innovative work to date moves rapidly across a consciously schizoid emotional spectrum you just won't find anywhere else.

OOO - Upon Circles
Planet Mu

Debut release from Detroit's Nicholas C. Raftis III for the Mu, striding along similar terrain to Aphex, Squarepusher and Brothomstates, though at times settling down for a more technofied slant on the fours. "Upon Cycles" is both complex and somehow familiar, but executed with much skill and an ear for a spannered beat. "Clockwork Will" focuses on a more mellow tempo and does so beautifully through its 58 second lifespan, while "Sexy Stickshifter" comes across like a DSP'd loungecore hip hop standard, dry narrative included. Overall this is a varied and totally enjoyable listen - making this unpronounceable artist a name to remember. Ace.

Skyphone - Fabula
Rune Grammofon

New on Rune Grammofon. A Danish trio of musicians who drop a killer sound armed with an arsenal of analogue keyboards and delays. Skyphone transform this power into a sound equally influenced by electro-organics and early electro/krautrock. They convince with an overall sound that's best described if you imagine the last Dub Tractor album if it was recorded in Cologne in the mid 70's with Conny Plank on the boards. If you've heard the amazing 'Kinamands Chance' on the 'Money Will Ruin Everything' comp then you'll know what to expect. Also check 'Sinne Gas', very similar in places to Arovane's classic downtempo tracks on 'Atol Scrap' but with a nordic accent. Every track is a winner / a confident and thoroughly recommended debut from the always interesting Rune Grammofon.

Vivelafete - Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche, (French for night without sleep) offers up a mixture of catchy electropop tunes and uncomplicated French lyricism all breathing sex, fun, drugs and the ultimate rock n' roll attitude. Tipped by the likes of DJ Hell, Miss Kittin and Tiga, all the Vive La Fete trademarks are here - a mix of dancefloor electro, bass heavy punk rock and 60,s style chansons. Fashionista darlings, Karl Lagerfeld is their biggest they must be good right? Erm, no.

Chicago Underground Trio - Slon
Thrill Jockey

The numerously monikered 'Chicago Underground' albums have leapt forth from the Chicago jazz/post rock river for many a year now, all differing in approach and purpose - from big band blasts to reserved duo improv. This album is one of the best regardless of how many musicians were involved. This time the group is Rob Mazurek on cornet/computer (fresh from his debut album on Mego), Noel Kupersmith on bass/computer and Chad Taylor on drums. On this nine track album partly fuelled by their negative response to the USA's imperialism they flow from protest jazz (think Max Roach and Charles Mingus propelled into the future) to genius electronica jazz possibly only equalled by the mighty Tied and Tickled Trio. Proper 2004 jazz business, no room for clich� or slackness - razor tight, precise and just right! Highly recommended.

Jono El Grande - Fevergreens
Rune Grammofon

It is no exaggeration to say that Jono is a true outsider in the Norwegian music community, were most music outside the mainstream is made by pale young men with worried furrows on their foreheads. The concerts of the Jono el Grande Orchestra is quite a lively and entertaining musical rollercoaster ride. As a conductor Jono combines comic talent with Wagnerian patos and the ensemble has been a big live hit both in clubs and concert halls. In many ways Jono el Grande's music has its origin in the early seventies, with references to Canterbury, Henry Cow, Frank Zappa as well as Burt Bacharach, Easy Listening and TV series music. It's both smooth and simple but also complex and cleverly arranged, a kind of light art music with hooks. Songs that in best pop manner crawl in through your ears and stick to your brain -- in spite of the intricate melodies and arrangements. Crazy and wonderful.

Aftermathematics Instrumental (Aka Bill Laswell) - Rhythm And Recurrence
Sub Rosa

On this new Laswell project our Bill reforms part of the collaboration squad that made possible the most famous 'breaker's delight' track of all time, Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit'. By the side of the Grandmixer D.S.T. this album features a mostly trip hop dub backing with various nice minimal instrumental effects amongst D.S.T.'s welcome old school vibed scratching and cutting. Not one to change your world by any counts it's still great to hear these two masters back together, respect is due to the max.

Thavius Beck - Decomposition

The sprawling arrangements on Thavius Beck's Mush debut burrow into the brain with a mix of melodic samples, chopped breaks, pulsating synths and head swirling delay, and then morph into genre-bending sound paintings adorned with hallucinogenic vocal samples. Four full vocal tracks one featuring Thavius himself, one with Gsl artist Subtitle, one with Cedric Bixler of Mars Volta, and one with Longevity from Darkleaf. The rest of the album is a collection of densely layered and well crafted electronic instrumental music. Composer of mercurial soundtracks for uncertain times, Thavius Beck conjoins various strains of electronic music to arrive at a daringly ambitious sound.

A Certain Ratio - The Graveyard And The Ballroom
Soul Jazz

Soul Jazz Records are releasing this album on CD and for the first time on LP - a definitive piece of Post-Punk history that shows A Certain Ratio as leaders in a movement they helped create alongside labelmates Joy Division and The Pop Group. Produced by the legendary Martin Hannett and Factory head Tony Wilson, only 1000 copies were ever originally issued! This CD issue comes with two bonus tracks `Thin Boys' and `And Then Again', while the LP comes with a limited free 12"of the same two tracks. Recommended.

Bobby Conn And The Glass Gypsies - The Homeland
Thrill Jockey

The Homeland was recorded in Chicago in the summer of 2003 under the watchful eye, careful ear and smooth silky moves of John McEntire. Crazyass mentallist rock showman Bobby Conn is back, clad in his finest glam attire, Mr. Conn, a consummate entertainer, pays homage to rock and roll's excesses. Paradoxically Mr. Conn's lyrics read like a Michael Moore letter, lampooning the sacred cow of american values and consumerism as culture. However, Mr. Conn reserves his most acerbic mockery for George Dubya. Songs that you bang your head to, shake your fist to, performed by a man in pastel pleather and eye makeup seem to be incongruous with political commentary; however Bobby Conn stands along in his ability to seamlessly blend the two. Crazy guy, crazy album, someone must like this sorta thing, no?

Califone - Heron King Blves
Thrill Jockey

Now this one seriously floats my boat. A darksoul drenched and freshly realised excursion into left-of-centre country rock. Add some strange instrumentation, some rough edges and a few outlandishly wonderful wayward passes. Overall it reminds me of the best moments from Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', maybe more in the lyricism than the overall mood though both albums have a knack for turning you through 360 degrees in the course of a single track. It's an album that possesses an even more beautiful melodic kick than Wilco. If I could invent an automatic 'leisure time' device to insert into my hectic lifestyle then it would be of most use so I could use it to slowly fall into and peel away the layers of this truly marvellous album. One to savour.

Electrelane - The Power Out
Too Pure

"Cool post-punk garagey Gang Of Four joyfulness" - Guardian Guide �It's been two years since Electrelane's debut album, `Rock It To The Moon', was released, earning a glut of praise for its atmospheric, instrumentally-led music. Electrelane are four young women who refuse to be defined by one sound, and their second album, `The Power Out', is a gauntlet thrown down to those who think they can predict their next move. �Recorded and mixed in Chicago with Steve Albini. �While the speedy ambience of their debut remains, the most startling difference is that they have introduced vocals, something largely absent from their previous recordings. Not only do words play a more important role on this album, but Verity uses her voice as an instrument to devastating effect, singing in English, German, French and Spanish. Check.

Entrance - Careless Love

Entrance is the public title for the music of Guy Blakeslee, a 21-year-old guitarist, singer and prolific songwriter originally from Baltimore, but currently with no fixed abode - favouring to live life on the road. Entrance appears on stage alone, equal part Blind Lemon Jefferson and Jeff Buckley, armed with a guitar, a three-octave vocal range, and if the floor is hard enough, the sound of his relentless stomping foot.For the past year Entrance has toured relentlessly, playing with the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Will Oldham, Cat Power, Papa M and close friend and kindred spirit Devendra Banhart. `Careless Love' sees Entrance at his most stripped back and sparse featuring newly arranged traditional folk and blues songs - a hypnotic and rhythmic approach, coupled with a fancy for inventive open tunings, making for a genuinely unique and personal style.

Modey Lemon - Predator Ep

Modey Lemon are a three-man hurricane of sound hailing from Pittsburgh and with Guitar, Drums and Moog Synthesiser they filter through rock and punk from the last three decades to create their unique sound. `Predator' is packed full of rock nuggets with dirty boogie tempos, everything from The Cramps to Zeppelin to Beck goes into the blender, gets distilled and comes out one very lethal brew.

Oneida - Secret Wars
Jag Jaguwar / Rough Trade

Can't say I know that much about this group but across this eight tracker they convince me that they'll do just fine for those moments when I need a blast of raucous rock with some electronic edges that might bring to mind a Trans Am meeting The John Spencer Blues Explosion type of affair, or something!!!!

Stereolab - Margerine Eclipse

'Margerine Eclipse' is the first full album for Stereolab since 2001's 'Sound Dust' and is the first album from the band since the tragic death of Mary Hansen. An album full of lush keyboard tones, snapping drums, throbbing bass and multi-tracked vocals from Laetitia Sadier in superb form, the Stereolab hit! Check the gorgeous '...Sudden Stars' - an instant highlight, or Sean O'Hagan's keyboards adding sweetness and light, plus Mouse on Mars' mista Jan St. Werner bringing to life a couple of pieces. The whole album uses ingenious split stereo channel panning to great effect, so much so that it feels like your getting two albums for the price of one. An album to add to your already weighty S'lab collection and one that will hopefully take on an original character with repeated plays. Lovely.

Various / Rough Trade / Counter Culture 2003

Carefully chosen and compiled by the Shops' staff, `Rough Trade Shops: Counter Culture 2003' is the seventh in their series of releases on Mute. �With over 40 tracks, the compilation captures an incredible year for music and includes tracks from the likes of Erase Errata, Selfish C**t, T Raumshmiere, Dizzee Rascal, The Fiery Furnaces, Peaches, John Fahey, Matmos and Franz Ferdinand. Full tracklisting as follows : John Fahey - Remember Iron & Wine - Peng! 33 Cody ChesnuTT - With Me In Mind (with Sonja Marie) Asa-Chang & Junray - Tsuginepu To Ittemita Kaada - Care Seelenluft - L.A Woman The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight Richard Hawley - I'm On Nights The Earlies - Morning Wonder Mugison - Sea Y The Concretes - New Friend Devendra Banhart - Bluebird (The Real) Tuesday Weld - Bathtime In Clerkenwell (All Natural Ingredients Mix) The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players - Eggs Mates Of State - Nice Things That Look Good Sufjan Stevens - For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti Matmos - For The Trees Blanche - Who's To Say..... Joy Zipper - Check Out My New Jesus Rev. A.W Nix - Black Diamond Express To Hell Part 1 CD2 Kinski - Rhode Island Freakout Les Georges Leningrad - Didi Extra The Kills - F**ck The People Some Product - Sid Vicious Is Dead (Ed Laliq mix) Mu - Let's Get Sick (radio edit) Dirtbombs - My Love For You C.Aarme - Tu Puta Mi Casa Fat Truckers - Ron Is Back Die Monitr Batss - Spread Your Legs, Release The Bats Gossip - Yesterdays News Colder - Crazy Love (radio edit) T.Raumschmiere - The Game Is Not Over - feat.Miss Kittin Dizzee Rascal - Hold Ya Mouf (Feat. God's Gift) LFO - Freak The Barcelona Pavilion - New Materiology The Bumblebeez - Microphonediseases - Alt.Mix featuring Vila The Fiery Furnaces - Crystal Clear Tramp Attack - Eight Years Since School Franz Ferdinand - Shopping For Blood Erase Errata - The White Horse Is Bucking Peaches - I U She The Boggs - Low Light Hour The Futureheads - A To B White Trash - I Still Don't Love You Selfish C*nt - Britain Is Sh*t

Matthew Dear - Leave Luck To Heaven

Matthew dear (aka False on Plus 8 and Jabberjaw on Perlon) has made bold steps towards becoming one of the best new techno artists of the past few years, with an evolved live / dj style that has pricked the ears of the industry's top layer. His debut LP under his real name, this is a record that bucks the trend of techno album as fixed structure. Not a collection of 12-inch tracks or remixes, `leave luck...' is an artist album in every sense. With sleek minimal techno lines, a pop sensibility and an ambient soul, it glides effortlessly from start to finish, with enough charisma to open the most closed "don't like techno" minds. Dear's vocals appear in fragments on most tracks, and are employed in full pop-like fashion on songs like the infectious first single `Dog Days', showing a warmth and personality that transcends tiresome genre affiliations. The finest release from Ghostly International & Spectral in some time, perfectly representing both labels' modernistic ethos. Extra special vinyl version cut by berlin's legendary dubplates & mastering. Buy.

Jeff Mills - Exhibitionist

CD Audio version of the DVD set also available this week. Mills plays a staggering 45 tracks in just over an hour and proves once again why he is the worlds most highly regarded deck technician. Recorded in Detroit, the heartland of techno and home to many of its big names, this is one of the finer examples of the man enjoying his art. Amazing stuff.

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Friday, January 30, 2004


On Spydaradio a freestyle radio show:

Gary Fosster - "Eternal Fusion"
Eternal Fusion is a free form radio show consisting of: indie/alternative, electronica, psychedelia, folk, and progressive

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Playlouder report remastered/ repackaged albums by The Cure are planned for 2004:

The Cure are intending to remaster and re-release all of their albums starting with 'Three Imaginary Boys', 'Seventeen Seconds', 'Faith' and 'Pornography'.

Each will be a 2-cd set, with the 2nd disc containing demos, remixes, and unreleased material. The first 4 are currently scheduled for release this April.

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hedonizm records has finally gone e-commerce.

Hedonizm Records is a Brighton, UK based record shop and mail order outlet for varrying styles of electronic music, from techno to house to broken beat to electro to electronica and downtempo, you will find it here.

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This week's Jazz on 3 on Radio 3 features:

>> an interview with Wayne Shorter
>> Jason Moran in Concert

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Special feature on experimental & electronic music scene in Belgium: Mixing It in Belgium

>> Listen to the latest Mixing It show.

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Music blog to check: poplife [alerted via NYLPM]

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Music Connection [a division of New Note Limited, one of the UK's largest Independent Record Distributors.] profile forthcoming contemporary jazz albums for February, including:

Released to coincide with the first major UK tour by trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's all-Polish quartet, Suspended Night stretches out in new improvisational terrain following the group's first album together, Soul of Things which secured Stanko's status as one of the great originals and an outstanding figure in European jazz - and favourable comparisons to Miles Davis.

This album is released February 16th in the UK.

More info @ Serious

Europe's most consistently inventive jazz trumpeter, (The Times), Tomasz Stanko is one of the most charismatic figures in European jazz. His riveting presence as a live performer, recently complemented by a series of universally acclaimed ECM CDs, is testament to a career distinguished by decades of remarkably sustained creativity one of the great originals of today's music.

Stanko returns to the UK for a rare tour, following landmark concerts at the London and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals. His quartet, completed by three supremely talented young Polish players, is featured on Stanko's newest recording, Suspended Night (ECM) where the band stretch out into improvisations that tread a fascinating dynamic line between devastating lyricism and fierce terrain, without forsaking their strong sense for grooves and rhythms. The writing is exquisite deft, beautiful work, Jazzwise - full of melody and soul - and the band positively exudes freshness and enthusiasm. Coupled with the authority and soulfulness of Stanko's dark-toned trumpet, it has a communicative power that reaches out across borders and generations.

Within a couple of notes Stanko had asserted his personality, and launched into two hours of intense, lyrical music, The Times

Tomasz Stanko: trumpet
Marcin Wasilewski: piano
Slawomir Kurkiewicz: double-bass
Michal Miskiewicz: drums

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Almost Cool review Mice Parade - Obrigado Saudade

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Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

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Pause & Play have the title for the forthcoming Mission of Burma album: ONoffON, due May 4th on Matador.

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NME.COM report Bjork will release a singles boxed set in April.

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Alexis Petridis @ The Guardian gets carried away with a 5 star review for Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

[I didn't rate Franz Ferdinand debut single last year it sounded just as bad as The Strokes, the current one - the first phase is still a hideous Strokes rip off, but does become listenable when it gets angular and changes style. I listened to another track on that Domino radio 1 special that did have that Scottish quirky spirit of Josef K/ Fire Engines/ Orange Juice/Skids. However I believe Franz Ferdinand are overrated, timing is everything for a new band - and the spotlight is on them now.]

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The Guardian review an ECM retrospective: John Abercrombie - Selected Recordings

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The Guardian review The Cure - Join the Dots: B-Side and Rarities 1978-2001

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The Guardian review Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters [these lot are overhyped and sound like a strange mutation between World Party and Bees Gees - now novelty lite and destined to be forgotten.]

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The Guardian review Electrelane - The Power Out

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Dusted review Matthew Dear - Leave Luck To Heaven

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Pitchfork report Sigur R�s Sign to EMI; New Album May Be Pushed To 2005

# posted by DJ Martian 1:37 PM - February 2004 deliver another fine selection of reviews. [The summaries below are from e-mail/website, to see the full reviews go to the link above]

Album Of The Month
Squarepusher - Ultravisitor
For his ninth album, Squarepusher returns once again to the drawing board, throws everything away and starts again. If his trademark beats are still present, with Ultravisitor, Tom Jenkinson focuses more on his melodic side. The album appears to have been recorded live, but it is all an illusion� or is it?

Jono El Grande - Fevergreens
The most unlikely release from Norwegian label Rune Grammofon, Fevergreens takes the listener on a shambolic journey through prog-rock, jazz, easy listening, film music and pop, and proves to be an extremely entertaining record.

Kerrier District - Kerrier District
Since the release of his Amen Andrews series and YosepH album, Luke Vibert has enjoyed a renewed interest from electronic fans, and this latest project is very unlikely to inverse the process.

K.I.M. - Miyage
Not an artist album, yet not a compilation either, Miyage is a true hybrid in many ways, not least for the incredible variety of genres featured.

Living Ornaments / Accelera Deck - Narrominded Split Lp Series #1
Living Ornaments - Klonten

Dutch duo Living Ornaments present two very releases on two labels, exploring in the process a variety of electronic and acoustic soundscapes from different angles.

N.Ln - Astronomy For Children
From his past incarnation as an acoustic singer/songwriter, San Francisco Nyles Lannon, aka N.NL, has retained a flair for simple melodies and delicate structures.

Octavius - Audio Noir
Following a string of EPs and a collaboration with 4AM, Octavius releases his first album. A journey through dark territories, Audio Noir is oppressive, challenging and ultimately fascinating.

Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks
British-based and German-born pianist and composer Max Richter brings a variety of flavours to expend on his classical roots. Mixing classic instrumentation, field recordings and electronics, The Blue Notebooks is a stunning record.

Savath & Savalas - Apropa't
Following his recent highly successful Prefuse 73 album and EP, the golden boy of the electronic world returns under his more chilled and atmospheric Savath & Savalas guise and gives his music some Hispanic vibes.

Skyphone - Fabula
Danish trio Skyphone present their first album. Fabula is an interesting journey through beautifully laidback electronic soundscapes highlighted with subtle acoustic touches.

Frog Pocket - Moon Mountain Of The Fords
Beans - Now Soon Someday
Sixtoo - Box Cutter Emporium
Clouddead - Dead Dogs Two

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Thursday, January 29, 2004


This week's One World show on Radio 1 features: One World: Domino Records Showcase

>> One World

# posted by DJ Martian 9:58 PM

New legal MP3 download website: betterPropaganda

[Alerted via]
It's a new, one stop-listen and shop MP3 site from Justin Sinkovich, of and File-13, and the people at The site is in Beta mode right now, but get this bookmarked now� you�ll thank me.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:13 PM

Pitchfork review psychedelic rock sounds from Japan: Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld

One of Japan's premiere psych-rock groups, Ghost have been toeing the line between melodic accessibility and unhinged squall since the late 80s, but their new Drag City offering is a landmark.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:02 PM

Dave Segal @ Stylus magazine interviews Chris Scofield of Strange Attractors Audio House

Portland label Strange Attractors Audio House has become one of the most dazzling comets streaking across psychedelia?s firmament. With releases by Acid Mothers Temple offshoot Tsurubami, SubArachnoid Space, Kinski, Vocokesh, and Cul De Sac in its catalog, SAAH casts its net far and wide in its quest for extraordinary sounds.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 PM

Wednesday, January 28, 2004


If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Oneida

This week's front cover choice features: Oneida, their new album: Secret Wars - has just been released by Rough Trade in the UK.

ONEIDA Secret Wars cd/lp (JAG60)

Oneida's Secret Wars is a Pacific summerjam. It's got Balinese gongs, Hawaiian ukuleles, red wine, injuries, glee, and a song called "Wild Horses" that's written by Oneida. It's also got a lot of good advice.

We would like to say that with their new full-length record, Brooklyn sons Oneida simply start where they left off with Each One Teach One, their highly acclaimed and soon to be classic double CD and LP that came out last year. (Jon Pareles of the New York Times dubbed it a top ten pick and Mojo called it an essential underground record. Numerous other critical plaudits helped catapult the record to its current "best-selling-of-all-time" status among all Jagjaguwar releases.) But these purveyors of righteous noise and indignation never stopped in the first place. Almost immediately after wrapping up Each One Teach One, they collaborated with the Liars on a split EP, continued their work on the score to Speedo (a documentary about Long Island and New Jersey's demolition derby circuit that is just being completed), and began conceptualizing what we trust will become a baroque pop masterpiece to come out next year, all along touring both Europe and the United States.

In the meantime, they also created Secret Wars. And here is what we can say about it. Secret Wars happens to be the first Oneida release that they didn't make entirely themselves or with the able assistance of Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios. Their trademark iterated and psych-tinged noise attack is still fully intact, both nervous and subdued at the same time - like what happens when you give meditative children trained in the ways of yoga an excessive amount of caffeine. If there are any new wrinkles to be discovered, it is perhaps that, even more so than on Each One Teach One (Oneida's Tago Mago), Oneida seem to be mining the same fertile ground as Kraut-rock visionaries Can, effortlessly shedding the constraints of pop forms and structures while still remaining soulful and spiritually centered all along. Like spazzing out in the Lotus position.

Side one (tracks 1 through 5 on the CD) was recorded and mixed at the Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes, who recorded the most recent albums by Black Dice, Ted Leo, Fischerspooner, amongst others. Side two (tracks 6 through 8 on the CD) was recorded by Oneida at the Travel Agency, and mixed by Barry London in Barry's Sweltering Attic. Renowned rock poster artist (and Oneida album art designer) Kayrock plays gongs on "Caesar's Column

Source: jagjaguwar

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM

New Releases @ Piccadilly Records

Some new releases listed in the weekly guide [via e-mail] from Manchester's music emporium: Piccadilly Records

Air - Talkie Walkie
Source / Virgin

Air are back to making pop music. Here's 10 gorgeous, perfectly executed, lovingly produced songs that make a woozilly indulgent whole. It's 43 minutes- just right for a single listen - and crammed full of the most charming, comforting, blissful, seductive dream pop. They're playful again too. One minute cute and silly (one song has the whole tune whistled, another's called "Surfing On A Rocket" though J.B. sings "Wocket" in his sweetest franglais- and it's lovely!) the next all baroque with electronic 'harpsichords' and churchbell pianos (" Mike Mills"). The proggy portent of "10,000 Hertz" has been reduced to backdrop status, whilst the songs take centre stage in all their melodic glory. There's so many subtle delights in the mix and they still have that naive fascination with making retro electronics sound futuristic. It's nostalgic for the 70s yet intent on building a dream world for us right now. Second cloud on the right. All aboard!

Califone - Heron King Blues
Thrill Jockey

"Heron King Blues" picks up where last years "Quicksand / Cradlesnakes" left off. For this recording the band set out to make a record like Captain Beafheart's "Mirror Man", entering the studio with a blank canvas and recording relatively quickly. Most songs were improvised or written immediately before recording, and before long a series of raw, live recordings had been completed. A beautifully lush and patient album.

Bobby Conn And The Glass Gypsies - The Homeland
Thrill Jockey

The first new material from Bobby Conn in over two years. Clad in glam attire and a with a more politicised outlook than before, Bobby pays homage to rock and roll's excesses with a sound somewhere between prog rock and Prince!

The Cure - Join The Dots

A collection of B-sides and rarities from '1978-2001 - the Fiction Years'. 70 tracks across four CDs, digitally remastered and compiled by Robert Smith. 25 tracks on CD for the first time. Ten tracks previously unreleased. Also included, is a 76 page booklet featuring rare and previously unseen photographs, along with a complete Fiction discography.

The Experimental Pop Band - Tarmac & Flames
Cooking Vinyl

The fourth album from The Experimental Pop Band, their first at their new home of Cooking Vinyl. Finely crafted songs with Davey Woodhead's typically wry observations on growing up in Bristol and occasionally escaping it.

The Fall - Dragnet - Deluxe Edition

Expanded deluxe edition of this, the second studio album from The Fall. Includes eleven bonus tracks, including the singles "Fiery Jack" and "Rowche Rumble".

The Fall - Live At The Witch Trials - Deluxe Edition

The debut album from The Fall, remastered and expanded. This superb package now includes ten bonus tracks from their early years, along with a bonus disc featuring two BBC Radio sessions and a live recording from Liverpool in 1978.

Felt - Train Above The City
Cherry Red

"Train Above The City" was Felt's final album on Creation and reached the top 10 of the indie charts when it was released in 1988.

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory

As a member of the seminal Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard made nine strikingly original and influential albums over a ten year period. Lisa then released two acclaimed solo albums "The Mirror Pool" and "Duality". In recent years Lisa has become a much sought-after soundtrack composer. Scoring and contributing to scores for Gladiator, Heat, Whalerider, Ali, The Insider, Mission Impossible 2, Black Hawk Down and El Nino De La Luna, amongst many others. Patrick Cassidy is widely recognised as Ireland's most important classical composer. Patrick has released three highly-regarded albums: "Cruit", "The Children Of Lir" and "Deirdre Of The Sorrows", the latter two recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra. In "Immortal Memory", they have crafted a timeless album of transcendental beauty.

Hella - The Devil Isn't Red

Duo Hella, comprising of Zach Hill and Spencer Seim are a fearsome instrumental act that take searing metallic riffage, jazz infused free-ness, pummelling rhythms and jazzbo drumming, like the best bits of the Fucking Champs, Lightning Bolt, and John Mclaughlin all blended together to great success.

Mekons - Punk Rock

When the Mekons decided to undertake a 25th anniversary tour in 2002, they went through their back catalogue to pick the best from their impressive, and somewhat eclectic past. When their late 70's songs were uncovered, they realized that these energetic punk rock anthems were more than a logical start to their career, but were quality songs that are still as relevant now as they were then. The reception to these songs was great, and since most were either out of print or poorly recorded, the Mekons went back to the studio to re-record. "Punk Rock" mixes these new re-recordings with live material (recorded during their anniversary tour), and the result is an album with the excitement of their live show interwoven with the high level of production for which the Mekons are known.

Modey Lemon - Predator EP

Modey Lemon are a three-man hurricane of sound and a genuine force to be reckoned with. Hailing from Pittsburgh and with guitar, drums and Moog synthesiser they filter through rock and punk from the last three decades to create their unique sound. "Predator" is packed full of rock nuggets with dirty boogie tempos, everything from The Cramps to Zeppelin to Beck goes into the blender, gets distilled and comes out one very lethal brew.

Oneida - Secret Wars
Rough Trade

First album release on Rough Trade for these mainstays of the New York underground scene. Psyche-tinged noise, that combines distorted electronics with a fluid, dynamic rhythm section. Comparisons include Faust, Pere Ubu, the Boredoms and Butthole Surfers.

Salvatore - Fresh
Rocket Racer

The instrumental groove specialists third album, this isn't far away from the sound of bands they have toured with like Mogwai, God Speed You Black Emperor! and To Rococo Rot. Salvatore's group of six plus musicians work collectively to tweak things out further, blending their love of the Can / Neu! Kraut groove and adding subtle electronics and ethnic instruments to the mix.

Spiritualized - The Complete Works Volume Two

A double CD containing singles and B-sides from the "Pure Phase" period right up to the 2001 album "Let It Come Down", a very handy collection featuring all the classics such as "Electricity", "Lay Back In The Sun" in the one place. Hey it saves you the hassle of getting all your singles out!!!

Various Artists / Back To Mine - Death In Vegas

The Death In Vegas duo deliver a wonderfully eclectic mix of tracks for this compilation, that have the real feel of an 'all back to' after hours session. Includes 80s electro-pop / new wave / punk-funk (Joy Division, Au Pairs, Fad Gadget), psyche / country (Gene Clark, Sam Gopal, Dillard & Clark, Nitty Gritty Dirtband), reggae / soul / funky stuff (The Upsetters, Nina Simone, Bo Diddly, Piero Piccioni) and more.

Mice Parade - Obrigado Saudade
Fat Cat

This is Mice Parade's most accessible and complete record to date, and their first with vocals. Mice Parade is an anagram of Adam Pierce, the multi-instrumentalist behind the music. Adam writes, plays, sings or directs everything; there are no samples. Obrigado Saudade melds song, melody and rhythmic exploration into a unique musical journey that shares a kinship with the folk-tinged electronica of M?m, Loveless-era My Bloody Valentine, and the esoteric cut-and-paste of Fourtet. The album features guest appearances from M?m's Kristin Valtysdottir and Him's Doug Scharin amongst others.

Fantomas - Delirium Cordia

Third release from Mike Patton's Fantomas, and this one showcases a quieter side of Fantomas. Possibly the soundtrack to a very dark fever induced nightmare, the momentary ambience is followed by chaos and confusion. Needless to say this won't be a daytime radio hit!!!

Savath & Savalas - Apropa't

Already an established producer, songwriter and live artist, Scott Herren (AKA Prefuse 73) continues to explore deeper, calmer territory with a new Savath & Savalas album. Featuring vocals by Eva Puyuelo Muns, accompanied by Scott, who also plays classical guitar, harmonium and concertina, these intensely beautiful songs are irresistible to anyone who appreciates 70s psychedelia, post-rock or downbeat. The album also includes many of avant-rock's most celebrated talents, including John McEntire and Johnny Herndon (both from Tortoise).

Uter - Tomorrow's Clowns
Oscarr / Tigersushi

The first fruit of the union between Glasgow's Optimo Singles Club and Paris' Tigersushi is this four tack EP of from Scotland's Uter. A mixture of electronics, avant rock and feedback, the EP features two original compositions and two (heavily disguised) covers, of Kraftwerk and the Jesus And Mary Chain.

Arthur Russell - The World Of Arthur Russell
Soul Jazz

A classically trained musician (who nearly joined Talking Heads), Russell was inspired by what he heard at The Loft and Paradise Garage in the mid to late 70s, and began creating some of the most experimental disco records around. As Dinosaur L and Loose Joints (with Steve D'Aquisto) he recorded (at Bob Blank's studio) and produced hundreds of TOTALLY improvised tracks, only a few of which have ever seen the light of day. Included in this ace Soul Jazz collection (compiled by Nuphonic's Dave Hill) are Larry Levan's rework of Loose Joints' "Is It All Over My Face", Dinosaur L's "Go Bang!" and "In The Cornbelt" (also a Levan Mix), his work with Blank's wife Lola on "Wax The Van", Walter Gibbons' mix of Indian Ocean's "Schoolbell / Treehouse" and some of his mellower non-disco solo work. Genius. Both LP and CD come with detailed and fascinating sleeve notes.

Various Artists / Another Fine Mess - Fila Brazillia
Auli / Whoa

Whoa Music bring us the second part in this set of prequel compilations to the "Another Late Night" series with this eclectic collection from Hull's Fila Brazilia duo. Includes 80s electro-pop and punk-funk (Yello, Killing Joke), funky breakers (Naab, Kings Of The Wild Frontier), electro-house (Goldfrapp), P-funking grooves (Bushy) and general oddball grooves (Mense Reents, Jolly Music, Grand Popo FC, Pepe Deluxe etc).

Various Artists / I Like It

Compost get four different artists - DJ Hell, Peter Kruder, Michael Reinboth and Theo Thonnessen - to each pick out four of their all-time favourite tracks! It's obviously an eclectic mix of tracks, taking in new wave, punk-funk, electro, proto-house, hip hop, soul, nu-jazz and ambient music from the likes of Silicon Soul, Television Personalities, The Pop Group, Max Berlin, Masta Ace, Graf Hadik, Brian Eno, David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto, COD, Mary Love-Comer, Arthur Russell, Alexander Hope, Nathan Davis, Egberto Gismonti etc.

Various Artists / Ivan Smagghe Presents Death Disco

Hot on the heels of the Glimmer Twins' highly acclaimed "Serie Noire 2" compilation, Eskimo bring us a sublime mix of electro goodness from French radio host selector and Blackstrobe member Ivan Smagghe. "Death Disco" contains a tasty selection of rare, obscure and classic electro-pop, acid house and electro-disco gems including Paul Rutherford's late 80s acid house excursion "Get Real", a Blackstrobe live edit of Sweet Exorcist's bleep anthem "Test Four", Tiga's re-edit of early 80s Philly electro-poppers Drinking Electricity, Crazy Italo-disco by Raymond Barry, ultra cool BWH "Stop" and more.

Ozric Tentacles - Curious Corn

1997 studio classic from festival favourites the Ozric Tentacles.

Amp Fiddler - Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly

Seemingly coming out of nowhere with the awesome "Basementality" EP in July 2002, we soon found out that the Detroit keyboard wizz had a long pedigree, having played with the likes of Kenny Dixon Jr (on the Amp Dog Knight twelve), Carl Craig, Lucy Pearl, George Clinton and Prince. With the release of the "Love And War" EP, his vocal contributions to Only Child's "Solitaire" LP and a few selective live dates in 2003 everyone was getting Amp Fiddler crazy! Finally, in 2004, his debut LP drops, and it's even better than you hoped it would be, mixing up deep soul, dirty P-style funk, and jazz-edged grooves, recorded with the help of J Dilla, Only Child, Raphael Saadiq, John Arnold, George Clinton, backing singers Anetria Wright and Kimberly Chatman and a host of related Fiddlers. Unbelievably brilliant!!

Various Artists / Good Times 1

Joey and Norman Jay bring their tried and tested (at the Notting Hill Carnival 'Good Times' soundsystem) formula of party time classics, favourites and a smattering of underground sounds to this 27 track double CD collection. Includes disco, funk, reggae, house, hip hop and soul by the likes of Chic, Archie Bell & the Drells, MFSB, John Holt, Public Enemy, KRS One, Marcia Griffiths, Eddie Russ, The Salsoul Orchestra, Kym Simms, Incognito, Loose Ends, Nu Colours, Sounds Of Blackness, Stevie Wonder, Marlena Shaw etc.

Various Artists / Good Times 2

Second installment of tried and trusted party tunes from Joey and Norman Jay's carnival sound system. Like the last one, its an ace mix of hip hop, soul, disco, house, funk, reggae, 2 step, EVERYTHING that gets the people moving! Includes tracks by Gladys Knight & The Pips, The O'Jays, The Ethiopians, Young MC, Inner Life, Nu Yorican Soul, Young Disciples, Wookie, UMCs, Side Effect, Sylvester, Rose Royce etc.

Various Artists / Laidback
FC Kahuna

Compilation of break, beats and moods from across the spectrum, as deep house meets downbeat, breakbeat meets nu disco and balerica clashes with nu jazz. An esteemed tracklist includes tracks by the Soulsavers, Blue States, Leftfield, Deadly Avenger, FC Kahuna, Tiefschwarz and remixes by Ewan Pearson and Pepe Bradock. Despite the fluffy cover image, this is the antithesis of a contemporary chillout album.

DDamage - Radio Ape
Planet Mu

This is the third LP by Parisian duo dDamage, but their first for Planet Mu. It mixes up distorted voices, detuned analogue sounds, guitar samples and rough breaks.

Various Artists / Zen LP - A Retrospective
Ninja Tune

Ninja Tune pick out a whole load of tracks for this 'best of' style retrospective, from 12 years of their existance, covering off kilter breaks and beats, dark jazz, hip hop and general weirdness. Includes DJ Food, Coldcut, Mr scruff, DJ Vadim, Amon Tobin, Wagon Christ, Hexstatic, The Herbaliser, Luke Vibert, Kid Koala, Bonobo, The Cinematic Orchestra, Funki Porcini etc.

Various Artists / Zentertainment 2004 - Ninja Tune Sampler
Ninja Tune

Bargain price Ninja Tune sampler, released to coincide with the "Zen LP2" and "Zen RMX" collections. Includes tracks by Skalpel, Hexstatic, Diplo, Loka, Blockhead, Lotek HiFi, cLOUDDEAD, Jaga Jazzist, Wagon Christ etc.

Dani Siciliano - Likes...

Debut album from Siciliano, who's best known for her collaborations with Matthew Herbert, who co-produces some of the material here. Like Herbert, she's come up with a set of tracks that defy categorisation, mixing up quirky pop with oddball downbeat and glitchy, off kilter electronics. Includes the ace, fragile cover version of Nirvana's "Come as You Are". Ross Allen and Gilles Peterson are fans

Various Artists / Zen RMX - A Remix Retrospective
Ninja Tune

Released to coincide with the "Zen LP - A Retrospective" LP, Ninja Tune bring us their finest commissioned remixes from the past twelve years. Ninja faves like Coldcut, DJ Food, Bonobo, DJ Vadim, Mr Scruff, The Cinematic Orchestra etc are remixed by Domu, Irresistible Force, Luke Vibert, Four Tet, Wagon Christ, Manitoba, Squarepusher, Dr Rockit, Ashley Beedle, Cornelius and more.

Kinobe - Wide Open

Kinobe's third album is another fine mix of sublime sample built downbeat, dreamy post Boards electronica, cheeky breaks and beats and upbeat funky house. Vocal guests include Isobel Campbell (ex Belle & Sebastian), Tatania (Tutto Matto), Shinehead and Terry Callier.

Capoeira Twins - Reansville Heights

The Capoeira Twins approach to music making is disarmingly simple: They take elements of breakbeat, drum & bass, hip-hop and house and infuse them with their unique song based approach, creating tracks that work on both the dancefloor and the sofa. Twisted enough for the dirtiest clubs and catchy enough for radio play, this LP includes the singles "Flick The Switch" and "Four (4x3)".

Various Artists / Salsoul Presents - The Definitive 12" Masters Vol 1
Salsoul UK / Suss'd

18 track collection of Salsoul 12" disco classics. Includes The Salsoul Orchestra, Loleatta Holloway, Love Committee, First Choice, Carol Williams, Double Exposure, Logg, Candido, Instant Funk, Ripple etc - in fact one track each from the recently reissued 12"s.

Roy Ayers : Virgin Ubiquity - Unreleased Recordings 1976 - 1981
BBE / Rapster

It's a testament to the quality of Ayers' work in the late 70s / early 80s that these 13 jazz-funk / disco fusions and late night soul smoochers have only now seen the light of day. The standards he must have set himself at the time are unbelievable, as any one of these tracks could easily stand alone as a release for a single.

The Necks - Drive By

The Necks are an Australian jazz trio who have revolutionised the music by producing something which sounds more like ambient electronic dance music than conventional Jazz. It's hypnotic, sensuous, dream-like, enveloping, funky, seductive, subtle and credible. Their last two albums, "Hanging Gardens" and "Aether" made a huge impact, with the world's press singing their praises and audiences beginning to catch on. "Drive By" is another classic album in the same vein. The textures slowly transform as dream-like sound events come and go. As the beat goes on (and on) intermittent R&B piano chords saturate the texture, and a buzzing electric organ caresses its way through repeating subliminal blues riffs.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:22 PM

New website for BANQUET RECORDS with a comprehensive range of new releases, that are profiled. Includes e-commerce ordering.

Banquet Records (formerly Beggars Banquet) is a small independent record shop based in Kingston, Surrey. We like to think we're one step ahead of the game, either by championing home-grown talent, or by getting in imports before others have picked up on new releases.

This works across the board, whether you're looking for the new Masters 12", the new Vagrant CD or the new Anticon record. The emphasis is on underground / new music and being at the cutting edge, but we're not too snobby to recognise quality music however main-stream and classic it may be.
Shop Info

# posted by DJ Martian 6:49 PM

ejazznews interview Jazz-Rocker: Mike Stern

# posted by DJ Martian 3:29 PM

The latest releases are reviewed by NYC's Other Music: The Other Music Update dated: January 28, 2004.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:38 PM

Reminder, that this compilation is released next week [February 2nd]: full tracklisting info >>
Rough Trade Shops - Counter Culture 03

# posted by DJ Martian 1:11 PM

Pitchfork interview Frog Eyes

Pitchfork's Matt LeMay..
Of all the albums I heard in 2003, none grabbed me as immediately and forcefully as Frog Eyes' The Golden River. Combining the grandiosity of early Bowie with the vivid and wrenching imagery of Neutral Milk Hotel, The Golden River is an epic, melodic, and explosive album, every bit as compelling as it is unique

# posted by DJ Martian 12:49 PM

Delusions of Adequacy review Oneida - Secret Wars

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This is going to be one of the most important rock albums of the year: Cokemachineglow review TV On the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

What makes this album almost unutterably brilliant is its steady progression from "The Wrong Way" through beautiful developments and variations, so that by the time we're hit with the later phenomenal standouts, it's become apparent that we're dealing with a fully formed beast. ..Cokemachineglow

Also featured album @ Magnet Magazine

Official website for TV on the Radio

# posted by DJ Martian 12:29 PM

Southern Records profile 90 Day Men - Panda Park

release dates:
>> (u.s.) 23 february 2004
>> (europe) 2 february 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 12:16 PM

So, the last issue of X-Ray magazine [run by Swinstead Publishing] hits the streets today - and the sing-a-long flavour of the month: Franz Ferdinand are on the front cover.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:31 AM

GREEN CARNATION plan to record a new album in 2004

On the official website for Green Carnation

is turning away from the plan of making a MCD, instead the band already started making pre-production demos of new songs for a coming new full length album which will be recorded from late August `04.

Norway's Green Carnation are one the finest contemporary European rock bands, their last album:

A Blessing in Disguise was released on June 16th 2003, and was awarded 6 times Album of the Month (Terrorizer, Metal Hammer, MetalWord, BraveWords & BloodyKnockles, etc).

[alerted via Metal Storm]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:31 AM

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


All Music Guide review Richard Pinhas - Tranzition

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Has it come to this, 1988 Dance documentary coming up on Radio 2 in March and they are asking for personal experiences/ stories ! ... THE SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE

Be Part of a Radio 2 Documentary. We want your personal stories from the early days of dance music and the rave culture

In a two-part series we trace the origins of dance music and rave culture in this country and we want your personal stories!

Were you raving during this time?

Did you discover the music in Ibiza?

How did you find out where the party was on the M25?

What was it like?

Remember your favourite track from those days and why?

...just give them Simon Reynolds book Energy Flash. Is Radio 2 the right place for this documentary?

# posted by DJ Martian 10:10 PM

BBC Music review Paul Motian - Selected Recordings on ECM.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:50 PM

BW & BK report Guitar World Lists 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists some strange selections !

Guitar World has chosen the 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of all time in their forthcoming March 2004 issue.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:30 PM

The latest Breezeblock tracklistings on Radio 1, includes a DJ Mix set from Air

# posted by DJ Martian 3:15 PM

The next Mixing It show on Radio 3 is a Belgian music special

30th January 2004
Robert Sandall and Mark Russell report from Belgium,
visiting the cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.
They talk to members of the group dEUS, electronica
artist Eavesdropper, chamber rock drummer Daniel
Denis, electro waste buskers Kapotski, singer-songwriter
An Pierle and robot maker, performance artist and
composer Godfried-Willem Raes.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:37 PM

Musique Machine interview Austrian dark metal band Summoning

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 PM

A recent interview with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree

# posted by DJ Martian 11:14 AM

The Brainwashed Brain - V07I03 - 01252004

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Philip Jeck - 7

Music A.M. - A Heart & Two Stars

Octavius - Audio Noir

# posted by DJ Martian 12:12 AM

One Final Note review Chicago Underground Trio - Slon

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 AM

Monday, January 26, 2004


Blabbermouth report a new Winds album: The Imaginary Direction of Time is expected late April.

WINDS, the Norwegian band featuring Carl August Tideman (ARCTURUS, TRITONUS), Jan Axel Blomberg (MAYHEM, ARCTURUS), Lars Eric Si and Andy Winter, have completed work on their new album, "The Imaginary Direction of Time", due in late April through The End Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:26 PM

A newly redesigned website at

# posted by DJ Martian 3:14 PM

Psychedelic rock band THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS are recording a new studio album.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:07 PM review Savath & Savalas - Apropa'T

# posted by DJ Martian 3:03 PM

shards, fragments and totems is back in blogging action.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:05 PM

Stylus review Telefon Tel Aviv - Map of What Is Effortless


# posted by DJ Martian 1:47 PM

Pitchfork have news that Sonic Youth are planning a new album, plus 2xCD Goo Reissue, Two Video Retrospectives in 2004.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:29 PM

Pitchfork review Einst�rzende Neubauten - Perpetuum Mobile

# posted by DJ Martian 1:26 PM

DJ Mag: New Issue: Funk D'Void on front cover

The new issue of DJmag (no57/vol3) on sale, Friday (23 January) includes

Coverstar: Funk D'Void
We're in Barcelona to discuss his exciting new take on melodic techno: "I was feisty when I was in my 20s and I've definitely mellowed out. Maybe that's why my musical direction has changed."

Jason Sparks
The new hero of breakbeat releases his first LP: "I want to do more stuff using guitars. Dance music's wicked for bouncing up and down to, but standing in a club with four guitars blasting out is amazing as well."

Crosstown Rebels
Damian Lazarus unveils his latest exciting project: "I have the ability to bring about a new direction in cutting-edge dance music. But I've got to utilise the position I'm in rather than capitalise on it."

The story of how it all came into being for these popular vocal progsters: "It suddenly went from us messing around in the studio to getting Radio 1 and Xfm play lists." (Jan)

On finding the inspiration for their new album by locking themselves away in an 18th century French summer house.

Plus: BK & Ed Real, Benni Benassi, Bishi, Infusion, Bill Makris, Filterheadz, MJ Cole, Turin Brakes, Mark Rae & more...

Source: e-mail Newsletter from DJ Mag

# posted by DJ Martian 1:19 PM

Sunday, January 25, 2004


Corker Conboy - Radiant Idiot

Another impressive track, played by Nick Luscombe on Xfm: from the forthcoming Corker Conboy album: Radiant Idiot [due March 8th] on Vertical Form.

A complex spiralling sound, incorporating live instruments and electronics, dazzling in addictive aural intoxication ala Murcof.

Blogger Tufluv is on the case:
London�s Vertical Form continue to build a quietly formidable roster straddling a hinterland between electronica, rock and hip-hop, with two of its crown jewels turning in sophomore offerings. Adrian Corker and Paul Conboy�s �Radiant Idiot� slides neatly into the apparent post-rock renaissance, sharing electronic music�s indifference to the lyric and revelling in the textural possibilities of wordless, guitar-led compositions. That might sound a touch �jaaazz�, but Corker Conboy do it brilliantly � for track titles alone they�re up there with Mogwai (�Doom Creeps With Clammy Hands�, �Revenge of the Phoney Youth�) � even if their classy, crepuscular moods affect more a sharp-suited, soul-mod aesthetic than a shaggy, shoe-gazers� glower.

>> Also press release info @ Sistercomfort

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Re-Released on Februay 16th on LTM a self titled Anna Domino album, from 1986, plus + bonus tracks from singles.

Just heard a track from this album on xfm, reminded me of Virginia Astley and Julee Cruise.

After relocating from New York to Brussels in 1985, Anna Domino cut this magical album with the aid of two top flight producers, Alan Rankine (Associates) and Marc Moulin (Telex). The record proved a major independent success, thanks largely to Anna's confessional lyrics and reflective vocals, combined with sophisticated songs and sharp rhythmic styles. In particular check out Not Right Now, the crystalline, proto trip-hop of Caught and the near-hit singles Rhythm, Summer and Take That. The album also includes a smart cover of the Smokey Robinson/Miracles classic Hunter Gets Captured by the Game. Comparisons have ranged from Suzanne Vega to Julee Cruise. The five bonus cuts include all the non-album tracks from the 1984 ep 'Rhythm', plus the outstanding single remix of Summer by legendary New York producer Arthur Baker and also Zanna, a collaboration with onetime Revolting Cock Luc van Acker. The CD has been remastered from the original tapes, runs for 70 minutes, and retains the evocative sleeve painting by Benoit Hennebert. The booklet boasts detailed sleevenotes. Full tracklist: Rythm, Drunk, Koo Koo, My Man, Caught, Summer, The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game, Chosen Ones, Not Right Now, Take That, Sixteen Tons, Half of Myself, Target, Summer (Arthur Baker Remix), Zanna. AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2004.

Reviews: "A state of resigned half-awareness lifts these uncensored confessionals beyond the precipice. This is the sound of dusk, seasons, sublime elegance and supernatural light" (NME, 9/86)

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Violet Indiana: new EP and Album in April

Also forthcoming on Bella Union the return of Robin Guthrie's Violet Indiana project, with an EP and Album coming in April.

Violet Indiana - Beyond The Furr (BELLACD67) April 5th 2004
A little foretaste of things to come, the first Violet Indiana release since the Special EP, Beyond the Furr, taken from the forthcoming Russian Doll includes two non- album tracks, Crystal Mountain and Perfect Day

Violet Indiana - Doll (BELLACD66) April 26th 2004
With this long awaited follow up to Roulette, Robin Guthrie and Siobhan de Mare return with this darkly beautiful collection of new songs. Me personally, I can't wait.

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New US band on Bella Union: Bikini Atoll

Pinnacle provide info on Bikini Atoll

Bikini Atoll release an album: Moratoria on February 2nd on the esteemed Bella Union label

Bikini Atoll are named after the notorious island where the US government lovingly tested their nuclear bombs in the 50s, and it's from here that the tracks draw their themes of desolation and darkness and humanity. However Moratoria released by Bella Union on February 2nd is not an album completely steeped in doom and gloom; it's bigger and more romantic than that. Solid grooves and plenty of hooky guitar riffs are what makes Moratoria rock and the delicate and touching melodies ensure its beauty

Norman Records: mentions that their sound is Explosions In The Sky meets U2 [when they were good] so that's Unforgettable Fire era?

Supporting Texan post rock superstars Explosions In The Sky on their up coming slog around these isles are fellow Texans Bikini Atoll. We have a CDs in by them which I think is quite excellent in a EITS meets U2 (when they were good) way. Sort of stadium post rock then. 'Then Amplify' is well worth your time, if only as a taster for the forthcoming long playing CD on Bella Union who only seem to release music from Texas. Must be Simon Raymonde's obvious love of Butthole Surfers, duly noted in the works of his old band Cocteau Twins. A swirling, uplifting epic of a tune with vocals that don't 'alf remind me of Bongo from that aforementioned Irish outfit!
Source: Norman Records

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Aquarius Records - New Arrivals #179

The latest Aquarius Records - New Arrivals newsletter list is always a highly recommended read.

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According to Southern Record Distributors Vive la fete - Nuit Blanche - will now be released February 2nd, in the UK.

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ECM records website profile Skyphone - Fabula

Debut album by Danish rock/electronica trio, whose artful blend of acoustic instruments, analog and digital electronics, samples and noise has prompted comparison with Rune labelmates Alog and Phonophani as well as with 'industrial' pop music pioneers Joy Division.

According to - this is available Jan 26th.

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Hipinion has the title and tracklistings of the forthcoming Tortoise album: It's All Around You - due in April.

Also refer to this Tortoise fan website.

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Once again I highly recommend you to tune into Nick Luscombe's Flo-Motion show on Xfm each Sunday [UK/ GMT time 9pm - Midnight] - now broadcasting to the world via the web.

The past few weeks Luscombe has been on top form, playing a diverse range of electronic music - over 3 hours - mostly focusing on new and forthcoming releases.

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Boomkat reviewed Luke Vibert's new album: Kerrier District - Kerrier District but it is vinyl only - released Jan 26th.

[Elsewhere on the web, I have found out that CD version of this album, will be released February 16th.]

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All About Jazz review Dave Douglas - Strange Liberation that features Bill Frisell on guitar.

[This album will be released in the UK on February 9th on Bluebird/ RCA]

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Currently listening to Pushing The Envelope - Music Decidedly Left of Center, weekly radio show: WHUS Radio - University of Connecticut. For the UK/ GMT time zone, show is between 7pm - 9pm.

University of Connecticut based radio station. Pushing The Envelope airs on Sunday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm (EST). "It continues its mission of presenting the best of avant-garde classical, rock, jazz, ambient, electronic, along with a healthy dollop of new and classic progressive rock (i.e., King Crimson, Boud Deun, Gentle Giant, etc.)." Streamed with Windows Media Player. Source: Progressive World

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Good to see Cozen blogging again @ Affirmation's Affirmation

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This week's Freak Zone on 6 Music presented by Paul Morley, includes a historical profile of Krautrockers Can

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Music Blogs updated 24/7: favorites for DJ Martian

I have added a significant number of music/ music related blogs to this recently, so there is always something new to read throughout the day - in the music blogosphere.

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Music reviews webzine: Sudden Thoughts covering avant jazz and improv sounds.

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This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat - A Pelicanneck Online Music Store include:

Air - Talkie Walkie

Cheer up Air, and get a shave. We all loved your early 12"s, lovingly compiled on 'Premiers Symptomes' but after 'Moon Safari' you fell off our radar, even the 'Virgin Suicides' soundtrack didn't register and I understand you released another album before this new one. Never mind. This new album goes some way to bringing the true Air fans back. Of course sounding completely French, from the hushed vocals to the romantic eighties melodies. Two instrumentals pop up that almost take a step back to the glory days, but not quite. Thoroughly extravagant hokum.

Dani Siciliano - Likes...

Released much sooner than we expected, this is the debut album of Matthew Herbert's better half, Dani Siciliano - the amazing vocalist so much a part of Herbert's sound especially on the 'Around The House' and 'Bodily Functions' albums. This very strong eleven track album features mostly Dani's solo work but with essential and subtle contributions from Matthew Herbert (in solo and big band guise), Mugison and the amazing arranger and musician Max de Wardner. To feel this album in one nine minute hit try 'Same', a percolating downtempo minimal house groove, with gorgeous key's, willowing vocal's, big band horn stabs and that magical Herbert touch. Both track's from the prior 12", 'Walk The Line' and the electric glitchjazz Nirvana cover 'Come As You Are' feature as does the vocal duet with Mugison called 'All Thee Above', sublime music. An album that is quietly intoxicating and one that grows in stature with repeated plays. A rare treat.

Ddamage - Radio Ape
Planet Mu

First release of the year for Planet Mu and the third album from Parisian duo dDamage. The sound twists distorted voices, detuned analogue sounds, guitar samples and tough breaks, all of which makes for a diverse ride through many generic influences. Think Ultramagnetic MC's, Mudhoney, Hijack, Sparklehorse, Prince and the Residents blended into one. They have already worked with French hip hop outfit TTC on their collaborative EP `Trop Signe' - check this out for some post hip hop, post-rock and post everything tackle.

Savath & Savalas - Apropa't

In early 2002 Guillermo Scott Heron (aka Prefuse 73, if you needed reminding) left his base in Atlanta and moved to Barcelona to explore and immerse himself in the culture and surrounding of his father's place of birth. His quest led him to meet Catalan singer/songwriter Eva Puyuelo Muns. Finding that they shared similar musical passions, namely Spanish folk music and the magical mid seventies MPB music of Brazil, they began collaborating on musical sketches that would at the end bring us this second Savath & Savalas album. It's fourteen tracks of beautiful music with full vocals from Scott and Eva in the Spanish/Catalan langauge (this is a songs album). Instrumentally and harmonically caught at the crossroads of traditional Catalan folk music, Club Da Esquina period Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges and the glorious harmonics of 70's country rock ala David Crosby et al. Recorded at Heron's home in Barcelona and mixed down at Soma, Chicago by John McEntire who also adds subtle additional instrumentation alongside John Herndon and Josh Abrams. The shadow of Prefuse 73's sound is nowhere to be seen, even the earlier S&S material is left alone - this is simply a personal, unassuming and heartfelt musical exploration into some of the most peaceful and rich music on this planet. Lovely.

Various / Ninja Tune - Zen : Remix Retrospective
Ninja Tune

As Fat and funky as the standard greatest hit's set is this 'best of the remixes' set the sure shot baby. Featuring pretty much every essential remix ever on Ninja Tune. Check the pedigree, Cornelius on Coldcut, Squarepusher on DJ Food and East Flatbush Project, Fourtet on Bonobo, Wagon Christ on 2 Player, Manitoba on Mr Scruff, Luke Vibert on DJ Food, Dr Rockitt on Cinematic Orchestra plus the classic Jamie Hodge remix on DJ Vadim's 'USSR Reconstruction'. One of the best ever Ninja comps. Twenty tracks deep. Ace.

Various / Ninja Tune - Zen : A Retrospective
Ninja Tune

Bring on Ninja!!! A serious party vibe going on here. Thirty two tracks from the first decade or so of the Ninja beat factory. Legendary tracks from Coldcut, DJ Food, Amon Tobin, Wagon Christ, Kid Koala, Cinematic Orchestra, Funki Porcini, DJ Vadim, Jaga Jazzist and a hell of a lot more. More hit's than you can shake two sticks at! Buy.

Various / Ninja Tune - Zentertainment 2004
Ninja Tune

Mega value budget sampler of fresh goodies from the Ninja Tune for 2004. All of the new school represent. Bring on the Polish jazz beat sample squad Skalpel, next Philly's ghetto hip hop sample kid Diplo, folkbeat trippers Loka, the return of cLOUDDEAD, Wagon Christ, Infinite Livez, Lotek Hi-Fi with the mighty 'Ram Dancehall' and finally the double decker treat of Blockhead's 'Insomniac Olympics' and a sample of the first 12" on Ninja Tune from Sixtoo. 'Boxcutter Emporium' drop's on 12" in March, the album 'Chewing On Glass & Other Miracle Cures' drops in the summer time. This ten minute plus epic suite reports to feature Damo Suzuki, sampled fat drums, P-Love on the cut (maybe), rasping synth's - purest Sixtoo genius. The album will be tha bomb'. First check this, then dream of getting your hands on the album. Absolute bargain.

Fantomas - Delirium Cordia

Fantomas features Mike Patton on Vocals (Tomahawk, Faith No More), Buzz on guitar (Melvins), Dave Lombardo on percussion (Slayer), and Trevor Dunn on bass (Mr. Bungle). Delirium Cordia is the third full length release from Fantomas. Their 1999 self titled debut was the first release on the now infamous Ipecac Recordings label, followed that up with the haunting Director's Cut in 2001 - a collection of cover versions of motion picture soundtrack music. In the spring of 2003 the fellows reconvened in Los Angeles with Grammy winning producer/engineer (Norah Jones) Husky Hoskulds, to record the better part of two new records with distinctly different moods. Delirium Cordia is the first of these two new recordings (The next will come out shortly.) and is one long track showcasing the quiet side of the band. The Ritalin seems to be working! Possibly the soundtrack to a very dark, fever induced nightmare - where ambience is followed by chaos and confusion.

Taylor Dupree & Christopher Willits - Invisible Architecture

This music grew out of a late november 2002 performance and studio improvisation in nyc. Deupree's `stil.' and Willits' `folding, and the tea' had just been released on 12k, and a release party was held at tonic in nyc. The show was recorded, then the pair set up a processing system in Dupree's brooklyn studio. It consisted of Willits' guitar, folding through his own software system, and then resynthesized through Deupree's Kyma processing. Jamming late into the night turned into hours of raw material. they edited the recordings into 10 track foundations, and finalized the tracks individually, 3000 miles apart. The final cd contains excerpts from the live recordings at Tonic in NYC, and their favorite finished pieces from the original studio collaboration. The result is a hybrid of Deupree's keen timing and sensitivity to the microprocessing of sounds, and Willits' folded guitar playing and flowing harmonic sensibilities. The cd drifts into new sonic territory for both artists, and establishes a foundation for Willits' new melodic arrangements and deupree's growing interest in live instrumentation.

Amp Fiddler - Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly

The likes of Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, London's Co-Op collective and Kruder & Dorfmeister championed him from the start, as Amp Fiddler began causing waves of excitement in house & techno circles with his collaborations with both Moodyman and Only Child . Meanwhile, all the `in the know' soul heads were stunned by the `Basementality' and `Love and War' EPs. Amp Fiddler is clearly destined for great things. A Detroit native, his style reminds of a rare musical lineage that began with Sly Stone and then more recently Prince, while still wearing strong contemporary Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop influences. Collaborators on `Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly' include George Clinton, producer J Dilla (A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, Busta Rhymes), Raphael Saadiq, Moodyman, and Amp's son Dorian and brother (and long time muse) Bubz.

Arthur Russell - The World Of Arthur Russell
Soul Jazz

Arthur has occupied a rare, enigmatic position within the deep groove community. Acknowledged as an influence by many: founder of the classic eighties label Sleeping Bag, home to Mantronix, T La Rock, Joyce Sims amongst many others: - vocalist and cellist, buddhist - almost joined Talking Heads, instead making two of the biggest Paradise / Loft tunes of all: Loose Joints' "Is It All Over My Face" and Dinosaur L's "Go Bang", as well as a wealth of experimental but still uncannily accessible music. Arthur heard disco as one of the most potent musics, ripe for experimentation and proceeded to do exactly that. Enlisting mixers from the a-list - Walter Gibbons, Larry Levan, Francois Kevorkian - Arthur's tunes have passed into musical foklore - with all 13 minutes of the awesome "In The Light Of The Miracle" present here, there's really no further need for discussion...involve yourself immediately with this wonderful music.

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory

In `Immortal Memory', Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Kennedy have crafted a timeless album of transcendental beauty. As a member of the seminal Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard made nine strikingly original and influential albums over a ten year period. Lisa then released two acclaimed solo albums `The Mirror Pool' and `Duality' . In recent years Lisa has become a much sought-after soundtrack composer. She won a Golden Globe award and was nominated for an Academy Award for the epic Gladiator score. Patrick Cassidy is widely recognised as Ireland's most important classical composer. Patrick has released three highly-regarded albums: Cruit, The Children Of Lir and Deirdre Of The Sorrows, the latter two recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra.

Mice Parade - Obrigado Saudade
Fat Cat

Third solo album on Fat Cat from The Dylan Group's Adam Pierce. This album has a gentler, more relaxed approach to that displayed before. Most notably on the lead off track 'Two, Three, Fall' featuring Krist?n Anna Valtsd?ttir from M?m who also appears on the folkish acoustic guitar piece 'Spain'. Equally part vocal and instrumental tracks feature guests such as Aki Tsuyuko, Dylan Cristy and Doug Scharin. This CD is partly on a japanese tip ala Nobukazu Takemura's live work and the wonderfully simplistic Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Each time a new Mice Parade album drop's it reminds you of the simple pleasures in life - this new album does just that. Fresh and uplifting music.

Dj Koze - All People Is My Friends

Excellent new mix from Kompakt's new bwoy wonder, commencing with Wechsel Garland and the Langley Schools Music project's interpretation of the Long And Winding Road, a genuine journey of a set unfolds, spanning jan Jelinek, Jackmate, Mr Oizo, Isolee, Fabrice Lig, Thomas Brinkmann, Ricardo Villalobos, the mighty Smith 'n' Hack, Mathew Jonson's anthem 'Typerope' and more besides. Sounds even better than it reads and with Kompakt riding high this is exactly what you need to warm the cockles and set yourself up nicely for spring. Ace.

Roy Ayers - Virgin Ubiquity : Unreleased Recordings 1976-81

Straight off the floor of a dusty studio in the late seventies comes this fresh as a daisy collection of previously unheard material from the legendary vibe's man Roy Ayers. Featuring an epic list of musician's such as Harry Whittaker, Steve Cobb, Justo Almario and Bernard Purdie. This is prime disco funk with a classy jazz kick and even better considering it's been kept under wrap's for the last 25 years. Thirteen tracks, 70 mins.

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The Brainwashed Brain V07I02 - 01182004

The latest The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Nightfist - The Epic
Temporary Residence

Shalabi Effect - Pink Abyss
Alien 8

Laibach - Wat

Pop Ambient 2004

Sunroof! - Cloudz

LFO - Sheath

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Saturday, January 24, 2004


Another music blog to check: favorite things

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Music blog to check: Pounding System

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Cuneiform Records have confirmed the next 6 albums to be released in May:


[Also found via Avant Music News]

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San Francisco Chronicle: have an article on ambient music: The sky's the limit with ambient music [Alerted via Avant Music News]

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Music blog to check: Bunnywelt

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Friday, January 23, 2004


ILM contributors improvise to list: Top 100 Ambient Albums

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Gnosis website has had a significant re-design. Improved search engine features, new content, including A Quick Guide to Gnosis, staff profiles and an archive of selective reviews.

You have reached Gnosis, an evolving music website covering the exploratory, creative and original music of the past, present and future.

>> What does Gnosis cover?

It's still eccentric and unique music resource though - and the information is dynamic database driven, so there are no direct HTML links by year for example.

e.g For 2003 there are 933 albums in the database.

Also of interest: A Guide to the Progressive Rock Genres maps out the music terrain.

A shared resource of The Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock and Gnosis web sites by Mike McLatchey

Symphonic Rock/Progressive Rock/"Prog"
Forms Tangential and Peripheral to Symphonic Rock/Progressive Rock
Avant Progressive/Avant Rock
On the Way to Jazz ...
Jazz Pioneers
Experimental, Free and Avant-Jazz
On the Way to Folk ...
Styles of Folk and Folk Rock
The Influence of Traditional and Ethnic Music
On the Way to Electronic and Beyond ...
Schools of Electronic Music
APPENDIX (Heavy Metal)

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Jazz on 3 - Radio 3

Jazz on 3 is BBC Radio 3's contemporary jazz show. Jez Nelson presents the pick of today's jazz recorded live in concert, talks to the leading players, reviews new CDs, and revisits the tradition through in-depth features. You'll be able to hear free jazz to fusion, post-bop to electronica � we don't really care how it's labelled as long as it's good. Above all, Jazz on 3 celebrates the music as a living and developing art form.

This week's Jazz on 3 show on Radio 3 includes tracks off these new albums.

It's our first chance of the year to lay a bunch of great new jazz on CD on you - and as all the record company execs get back to work after their 4 week winter breaks there's been stacks of stuff coming in to the Jazz On 3 office.

Tom Arthurs - Pollock
This is the debut CD from Fire Collective member trumpet player Tom Arthurs and his band Centripede. It's a cracking album of highly original music that highlights Tom's wide range of musical loves - from Aphex Twin to Kenny Wheeler and Steve Coleman.

Chicago Underground Trio - Protest
And now, strong echoes of 60s Art Ensemble Of Chicago from a new generation from that same city - The Chicago Underground trio - cornet player Rob Mazurek, drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Noel Kupersmith. The CD is named Slon (which is Slovenian for 'elephant')

Satoko Fujii - Clear Sky
A new CD entitled Zephyros from pianist Satoko Fujii - her third in a quartet featuring the drummer Tatsuya Yoshida - who hails from a rather frightening sounding Japanese rock group called Ruins. Add in trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and bassist Takeharu hayakawa and you get a very tight, explosive quartet.

Hunter/Previte - All Hell
It's multi- tasking off kilter drummer Bobby Previte in the studio with Hip Hop loving 8 stringed guitarist Charlie Hunter - with a bunch of tape and a sense of humour. The result half fails, half works; but sounds like fun. The CD's called Come In Red Dog on Ropeadope Records.

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Mixing It - Radio 3

>> Mixing It Fridays at 10:15pm, also don't forget that the show can be listened to anytime for up to 7 days after broadcast.

Mixing It has long been celebrated as a bastion of experimental music radio. It covers a wide range of styles, including left-field areas of modern classical, dance, rock and world music. Hosted by Robert Sandall and Mark Russell

Tracklistings for this week's Mixing It show on Radio 3

includes some great tracks from these artists:

Blockhead [tipped as the new DJ Shadow]

Kyle Bruckmann Kyle Bruckmann is a Chicago-based oboe player with a classical background who is now bringing this influence to his exploration of jazz and improvisation.
[This album was reviewed at Dusted earlier this week: Kyle Bruckmann - Wrack]

Einst�rzende Neubauten: Perpetuum Mobile - 14 minute long title track from new album

The Necks: Drive By [title track from the new album]

Greg Davis: Red Barn Road; Air [two short tracks from Curling Pond Woods]

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